None of the athletes who compete in the Olympics just “ended up” there.
They didn’t accidentally get good enough to compete.
They didn’t just wish and hope and dream and visualize themselves being there.
And they didn’t listen to their critics.
- like the gymnast whose father told her she was too awkward to do gymnastics.
- or the hockey player whose older brother said he’d always be a loser.
- or the volleyball champion whose well-meaning friends smiled to her face but always talked behind her back about how she wasted so much time on her “hobby.”
What they did do was train as hard as they could…every single day.
They didn’t just decide that they wanted to go to the Olympics, they committed themselves to it. They chose to master their craft.
What’s the difference?
Deciding is mental; committing is backed up by measurable action – something you can see, count, replicate, and repeat.
I’ve done a lot of research on what makes women successful – specifically in four distinct areas. Their individual characteristics, traits, and beliefs are always a telling sign but that’s really about their potential for success.
The true deciding factor is their behavior. What exactly do they do with all that potential?
The winners act. They step out. They take risks. They do things that are uncomfortable. They challenge themselves…every day. They choose what’s hard over what’s convenient.
Are there other athletes in this country who had the potential to go to the Olympics? Absolutely.
Are there other entrepreneurs with the potential to go to the top? Almost every single one of them.
Maybe we’re talking about you.
The deciding factor, however, isn’t how bad you want it or how much belief you have or whether you are task oriented or a people person or whether you live in the right neighborhood or whether you’re single, thin, young, beautiful, smart, willing, deserving, or educated.
The single deciding factor in whether or not you “win the gold” in your business is what you actually do in your business today…and tomorrow…and the next day…and the day after that.
Believe you can do it. Don’t listen to your critics (they haven’t done it either!) and take the biggest, boldest, most outrageous action step you can think of today. Then